Community coaches needed for Yavapai reentry project

Interested in serving as a volunteer guide or mentor for someone reentering the community after serving in prison? If so, the Yavapai Reentry Project needs you as a Community Coach.

Volunteer coaches give these individuals the opportunity for community support, the ability to build healthy relationships and to create hope for their future. Community Coaches receive free training to learn needed skills for working one-on-one in helping provide referrals, emotional support and resources for former inmates.

No experience, prior qualifications or education is needed. All that is needed is the desire to help. The next Community Coach training will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Public Safety Building, 199 S. 6th St. in Cottonwood.

Retired psychologist Kay Krizek will conduct the training. Kay has also been a Community Coach for four women.

“Community coaches provide vital support for formerly incarcerated individuals during their first year of reentry. The most important characteristics that a community coach possesses are a listening ear, an open mind and a caring heart,” Krizek said.

To register for the Nov. 18 training, call MatForce at 708-0100 or email at matforce@cableone.net. For more information, visit YavapaiReentryProject.net.